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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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Xten in the Wiki Wiki Wiki room

September 22, 2004

Yapper VoIP device

September 21, 2004

Came across this new VoIP company in the VoIP Forums called Yapper. Reminds me of the Clapper. Clap on, clap off, the clapper!

Anyway, the thread claims "from what I understand www.yapinternational.com has an absolutley incredible new dial up voip solution...I ve been told it works great....and you dont even need a computer or broadband connection".

Nortel powers San Francisco Giants WiFi Stadium

September 21, 2004

Whoah, now this is cool! WiFi in the ballpark! Why is it that Silicon Valley has to be on the West Coast and they get all the cool stuff, including beta trials, WiFi deployments, etc.? Years ago, Rich Tehrani and myself discussed how one day sports arenas would have highspeed wireless access allowing you to surf the web, check other scores, or even watch streaming video of a replay of the play you just saw live!

Packet8 VoIP Prepaid Calling

September 21, 2004

Lingo Sets New Price Benchmark

September 21, 2004

Greg Galitzine brought to my attention some interesting news from Lingo. Apparently, Lingo is offering unlimited worldwide calling for an amazingly low price of $7.95/Month. This sets a new benchmark for Vonage, Packet8, Broadvoice, etc. to follow.

3Com builds Linux VoIP switch

September 20, 2004

Amway of VoIP

September 20, 2004

Another Disruptive VoIP product from VoIPUser

September 20, 2004

Came across this interesting VoIP-related blog entry:Tjardick's Weblog

He mentions VoIPUser which is offering FREE calling to not only SIP uers, not only IAX users, but also PSTN numbers in most countries. He says this is "disruptive". That's an understatement! Free phone calling simply by signing up with their service???

Dingotel New VoIP Player?

September 17, 2004

Came across this new VoIP company while lurking in TMC's VoIP Forums
(i.e. this thread titled wireless voip communication

I've never heard of them but they make some "mighty" claims against other leading VoIP software, including Skype.

Post some comments if you have heard about them or used their products.

Here are some of Dingotel's features from their website:

  • DingoTelâ„¢ frees you from the proximity of your computer.

     

  • Travel miles from your computer and talk worldwide and nationwide using 2way radios from Motorola.

Should Apple Acquire Skype article

September 17, 2004

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